Beiswenger may have dismissed his suit against Ubisoft in the Assassin’s Creed dispute, but the battle is not over yet. In the original case, John Beiswenger sued Ubisoft for copyright infringement, alleging that Ubisoft copied elements of his book, “Link,” in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. In a statement made to Gamasutra, a Ubisoft representative said “The plaintiff in the case alleging copyright infringement by Ubisoft has dropped his claim, without settlement. Ubisoft believes this suit was frivolous and without merit, and is seeking a ruling to prevent future related claims.” The complaint that Ubisoft filed alleges Beiswenger attempted to protect elements of his work that are not able to receive protection under copyright law. The complaint continues, “A declaration is necessary to enable Ubisoft to continue to develop and market creative content under the Assassin’s Creed brand free from the cloud that Beiswenger’s meritless claims have placed over Ubisoft’s right to do so.”
More information on this chapter of the Assassin’s Creed dispute can be found here.
UPDATE: August 20, 2012Today Ubisoft voluntarily dismissed the case. I suspect a settlement was reached. This one is over, folks.